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U.S. traffic deaths increase 9 percent in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:53

Cars move in the afternoon traffic on the expressway Las Americas in San JuanTraffic deaths in the United States rose about 9 percent in the first nine months of 2015 compared to same period a year earlier, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday, as low gasoline prices increased road travel. The department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not offer an explanation for the increase in traffic deaths to an estimated 26,000 in the first nine months of 2015, the highest level since the same period in 2008. The northwestern United States reported a 20 percent increase in road deaths, higher than any other region.


Bottled water urged for kids, pregnant women amid lead scare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:51
SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — New advisories being sent to Ohio communities previously found to have high lead levels in tap water suggest children and pregnant women in those areas should instead drink bottled or filtered water.

DA rules out charges in handcuffed man's fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:48
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana prosecutors on Friday ruled out any criminal charges in the death of a 22-year-old man who was fatally shot while handcuffed behind his back in the rear of a patrol car.

NYPD officer who was shot in cheek released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:48

Emergency officials gather near the site where two police officers were shot in the Bronx section of New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — One of two New York City police officers who was shot and wounded in the stairwell of a public housing project was released from the hospital Friday to cheers from fellow officers.


The Latest: Mourners fill pews for Oregon occupier's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:46

Greg Whalen, of Las Vegas, walks in front of the church in Kanab, Utah, where services were being held Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, for Arizona rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. Hundreds of people packed a Mormon church in rural Utah for the viewing ceremony for the fallen spokesman of the Oregon armed standoff. Police shot and killed Finicum during a Jan. 26 traffic stop after they say he reached for a gun. His supporters called it an ambush.(AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)KANAB, Utah (AP) — The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):


EPA: Traces of contaminant found in 3 Colorado water systems

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:45
DENVER (AP) — Traces of widely used and potentially harmful chemicals have shown up in three drinking water systems in Colorado, prompting officials to shut down three wells and start looking for the source.

The Latest: Wounded NYPD officer leaves hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:45

Emergency officials gather near the site where two police officers were shot in the Bronx section of New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on two NYPD officers shot and wounded while patrolling stairwell of a public housing project (all times local):


New Jersey extends contract for Atlantic City fiscal work

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:44

An empty parking lot is seen in front of casinos near the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New JerseyAtlantic City, New Jersey's cash-strapped gambling hub, may no longer have a state-appointed emergency manager, but some big costs for outside professionals working to resolve its fiscal crisis will continue. The state extended its contract with Ernst & Young LLP [ERNY.UL] for another year, through the end of 2016, according to documents obtained by Reuters through a public records request. Atlantic City could see its cash flow turn negative by April and is one of the most dangerous cities in New Jersey despite a drop in crime last year.


Life in prison for man who shot wife, put photo on Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:43

Derek Medina appears in court during his sentencing in Miami on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Medina, 33, was given life in prison for fatally shooting his wife, Jennifer Alfonso, eight times during an argument in August 2013, a slaying that gained international notoriety after he posted a photo of her bloody body on Facebook. (Walter Michot/The Miami Herald via AP, Pool)MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally shooting his wife eight times during an argument, a slaying that gained international notoriety after he posted a photo of her bloody body on Facebook.


Amusement park will rehire special needs worker after outcry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:43
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania amusement park has offered to rehire a special needs employee after his co-worker took to social media to lambaste the company for firing him.

The Latest: Amid lead concerns, bottled water urged for some

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:04
SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on concerns about lead in residents' tap water around Ohio (all times local):

State asking appeals court to compel testimony in Gray case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 05:03
BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Baltimore are asking an appeals court to compel a police officer to testify against three fellow officers in the Freddie Gray case.

Michigan governor: solve Flint water crisis instead of laying blame

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 04:57

The front of the Flint Water Plant is seen in Flint,Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday he wants officials to focus on solving problems around lead-contaminated drinking water in the city of Flint instead of laying blame as he said some have been doing. "There are a number of folk out there that are spending their time mainly on the political side and the blame side," he said at a meeting in Flint of local and state officials responding to the crisis. Snyder's comments came a day after liberal group Progress Michigan released emails showing high-ranking state officials knew about an increase in Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County, where Flint is located, and a possible link to the contaminated water almost a year before the governor said he got information about the outbreak.


Lawmakers, magistrate want to defend gay marriage exemption

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 04:54
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina lawmakers and a magistrate have asked a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law involving civil marriages challenged as discriminatory against gays.

Judge: Ex-Salvadoran colonel can face charges in Spain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 04:44
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Friday for a former Salvadoran colonel to face charges in Spain that he helped plan the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests during El Salvador's civil war — a notorious crime that prompted international outrage.

San Antonio police probe fatal shooting of unarmed black man by officer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 04:32
San Antonio's police chief on Friday pledged a thorough investigation of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by an officer a day earlier. Antronie Scott, 36, wanted on warrants for being a felon in possession in a firearm, was spotted on Thursday night by undercover detectives and pulled over by a uniformed officer as he drove into an apartment complex. McManus said the officer, identified as John Lee, a 10-year veteran of the force, told him he thought there was a gun in Scott's hand.

Chicago seeks $3.1 million settlement over police hiring discrimination

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 04:20
The city of Chicago on Friday proposed a $3.1 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit by the U.S. government alleging the city discriminated against foreign-born police officer candidates by imposing a 10-year residency requirement. The city council's finance committee will review the proposed settlement when it meets on Monday, said Bill McCaffrey, spokesman for the city's law department. The suit was filed on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and seeks damages, including lost wages, for candidates who were discriminated against and a court order to change hiring practices.

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 04:18

A collapsed crane lies on the street on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in New York. The crane landed across an intersection and stretched much of a block in the Tribeca neighborhood, about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center. There was damage to the roof of a nearby building, and debris littered the street. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said.


Woman killed in bed by falling tree, husband trapped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 04:17
BROOMALL, Pa. (AP) — A 90-foot tree fell on a home in suburban Philadelphia early Friday, killing a woman in her bed and trapping her husband beside her for hours before he could be rescued, authorities said.

Yolanda Wisher named Philly's new Poet Laureate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 04:16

Yolanda Wisher named Philly's new Poet LaureateThe City of Philadelphia has a new Poet Laureate.